Labor Shortage May Revise British View on Refugees, London Times Holds

The possibility of admitting more refugees to England to offset a looming labor shortage was discussed editorially in the Times yesterday. Commenting on the refugee question debate in the House of Lords Wednesday, and again stressing the inadequacy of private charity in dealing with the problem, the Times said:

“If Mr. Keynes (John Maynard Keynes, noted economist) is right in thinking that our trouble in the near future may well be a lack of labor and not unemployment, it may soon become practicable to admit more refugees for permanent settlement without arousing the feeling, which is commonly fallacious, that the immigrant is taking somebody else’s job.

“Meanwhile, there is one possibility of waste which must be watched. It appears that refugee children who have been admitted in considerable numbers for education and training are to be sent away somewhere else when they reach the age of 18. The export of potentially useful citizens, if pressed too rigorously, may be anything but economy.”

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